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Seeking Justice for Greenwood Businesses Blown Apart by PSE

Nearly one year ago an explosion rocked the Greenwood neighborhood early on the morning of March 9.  The Puget Sound Energy (PSE) gas line explosion traumatized the neighborhood and decimated local businesses. Recently I had the opportunity to stand with five area business owners who shared their stories about the devastating effects on the neighborhood, […]

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Shattered Greenwood Businesses, Verging on Collapse Seek Support, Justice One Year Later from Puget Sound Energy (PSE)

“Negligence blew a hole in our home. But it doesn’t have to kill our dream.” Contact: Dana Robinson Slote, Council Communications, 206-615-0061 Seattle, WA – Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, Northwest Seattle) joined Greenwood-area business owners nearly one year after the March 9 explosion which traumatized the neighborhood and decimated local businesses. While some attendees […]

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Sustainable Solutions for Unsheltered Residents

Yesterday in the Human Services and Public Health Committee, Council discussed the “Sustainable Solutions for Unsheltered Residents” ordinance, and I’m writing to give an update on the Council deliberations so far. Many of the comments I’ve been hearing in the last few weeks continue to be reflected in the conversation in Committee. Some of the […]

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Addressing Effective Strategies Towards Encampments

Since the declaration of the State of Emergency on Homelessness last November, the City has conducted 441 cleanups, or “sweeps” of unsanctioned encampments. Current City protocol provides homeless residents 72 hours’ notice before each cleanup occurs and access to outreach workers to connect to shelter and services. In reality, the notice can be as little […]

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Do No Harm and Do the Most Good

On July 27, in what felt like one of our warmest evenings of the summer, I joined almost 200 neighbors and community members in Ballard to have a conversation about the issues I’ve been hearing most about in recent months – homelessness, property crime, and drug addiction. The Safe and Healthy Communities Public Forum (video […]

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Seattle Sound Transit Board Members Propose Improvements to ST3 Package

SEATTLE – Sound Transit Board members Mayor Ed Murray and City Councilmember Rob Johnson introduced amendments to the Sound Transit 3 (ST3) plan during today’s Board meeting in conjunction with other board members around the region.  The amendments effectively expand light rail and other transit services throughout the region. “These changes are big wins for […]

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District Office Hours Update

Once again, City Hall is coming to District 6 in another series of drop-in office hours! Thursday, May 26th, 3pm – 6pm Green Lake Public Library Wednesday, June 8th, 3pm – 6pm Fremont Public Library Thursday July 7th, 4pm – 7pm Greenwood Public Library In the four sessions we’ve held so far, over 80 people […]

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Equitable Development and Affordable Housing

While our City continues to boom, attracting new jobs, development, and infrastructure, we know that not all members of our community benefit equally.  In fact, the increased pressures of our booming economy exacerbates our current housing affordability and homelessness crisis, and disproportionally harms low-income communities and communities of color. But I remain hopeful about our […]

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Councilmember O’Brien Unveils Bill to Encourage Backyard Cottages, Mother-in-Law Units

SEATTLE – Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, Northwest Seattle) released a proposal today that would make it easier for more homeowners to build backyard cottages and mother-in-law units in Seattle. As the city faces an affordable housing crisis, Councilmember O’Brien developed the legislation to increase the housing supply by encouraging low-impact housing options that fit […]

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Encouraging Safe Environments

As you may have heard, last Saturday afternoon a young man, believed to be using methamphetamine, smashed a window of La Isla Restaurant in Ballard and proceeded to use a shard of glass to attack and injure two people on the sidewalk outside. It is upsetting to see this happen in our community, and I […]

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